Knowledge Base - Cash Flow

The Difference Between Net Income and Cash Flow

Net Income and Cash-flow are not the same.  This is why we often hear “My business is profitable, why am I always short of cash. The formula below shows the most common items that result in that difference.

Net Income (accrual basis)


  • Increase in Credit from Vendors (Accounts Payable)
  • Increase in Income Received but Deferred for Financial Reporting
  • Increase in Accrued Liabilities
  • Depreciation / Amortization and other Non Cash Expenses


  • Increase in Credit Extended to Customers (Accounts Receivable)
  • Increase in Inventories

Equals Cash-flow from operations:

  • Purchases of Furniture, Equipment or Real Estate
  • Increase (Decrease) in Borrowings
  • Equity Contributions

Net Cash-flow

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